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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in each of the last 10 years. (215223)

Since 1999 the Government have published, on an annual basis, the total costs of all ministerial overseas travel and a list of all visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500. Copies of the lists are available in the Library of the House. The cost of expenses for advisers travel for their travel in the company of Ministers is included in the annual list of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers.

Information regarding special advisers’ expenses for domestic travel could be provided only at disproportionate cost. All travel by special advisers is undertaken in accordance with the guidelines set out in the “Ministerial Code” and the “Civil Service Management Code”.